"In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned; travelers took to winding paths. Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel. God chose new leaders when war came to the city gates, but not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel. My heart is with Israel's princes, with the willing volunteers among the people. Praise the LORD!" (Judges 5:6-9)
Deborah lived among people that were farmers, metalworkers, and skilled miners. She lived her life as a homemaker until God called her into the office of judge. She used to sit underneath a palm tree and the Israelites (men and women alike) would come to her for wise counsel and judgment. Since she was the only female judge in the history of Israel, she encountered various attacks while in office. However, this did not deter Deborah from putting God above others.
Deborah was known as one of the most heroic women in the old testament. She wasn't only a judge -- she was a prophet, a counselor, and a mighty warrior. She was a "triple-threat"! She walked with such a powerful influence, authority, and confidence that Barak, the mighty warrior of Israel, did not want to go into battle without Deborah by his side. Barak understood that he was in the presence of a woman who walked with God's favor and that favor would eventually overflow into his life and his decision-making process.
Do not think, for one second, that Deborah wasn't in training during her mundane tasks of serving dinner, washing dishes, doing laundry, and cleaning up other people's messes. She was a servant to God's people and later, she was the one that was admonished and served by God's people.
Don't lose heart. Although your spouse or your employer may not notice all the hard work you do, God surely does and He will greatly reward you for it. What you do in secret, God will reward you with in public!
So no matter if you are a homemaker or simply a hard-worker, as Christians, we must remain faithful at the tasks God gives us until the next season of our lives. We must be faithful in the little things before God can entrust us with greater things. So what do we do as we wait for God's promises in our lives?
Here are some observations of what Deborah did:
* She simply listened to God and followed His instructions
* She served others with a humble heart
* She motivated God's people to do what is right
While she waited, Deborah placed her commitment to God above that of others. She was a respected leader because her heart was led by God. Ultimately, this simple homemaker, was used of God to accomplish His purpose in delivering God's people from the hand of their enemies.
If God did it for Deborah, He can certainly do it for you.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .